Architectural concept for two temporary museum exhibitions on the history of Zeppelin airships at the ‘Aeronauticum’ in Nordholz and the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen in co-operation with ID3D from Berlin.
Pioniers of Aviation
Museum projects of all varieties never cease to bring us joy, so we were particularly happy when the German Airships and Navy Aviators Museum ‘Aeronauticum’ asked us to design a temporary exhibition focusing on the history of the Zeppelin airships and aviation in the area of Nordholz in Northern Germany.
The area in and around Nordholz plays a pivotal role in the Zeppelin history as one of the largest and most important Zeppelin airbases was located there during the First World War. Officially, it was simply a navy base. However, it also housed top-secret airship hangars, which were able to facilitate up to 10 airships.
More importantly, two of the hangars were seated on a platform, which in turn was positioned on tracks and therefore these halls were able to rotate by 360°. With a length of 200 m, a width of 70 m and a height of 30 m, they were the largest ‘rotating hangars’ worldwide. Thus, the hangars could be oriented exactly according to weather conditions and making it possible for the airships to land and take off without having to worry about where the wind was coming from.
The exhibition’s goal was to present this historical significance and the facts contributing to it. To achieve this aim, we created a 144 square meter exhibition, in which the architectural and the graphic elements blended smoothly in order to support the impressions of the exhibition pieces. As a result, the pieces were clearly perceived as the protagonists and were able to profit optimally from the creative elements surrounding them.